Baseball drops series finale to FIU
Sophomore Zachary Houck
Sophomore Zachary Houck
Florida International used one big inning to down the JU baseball team, 7-2, in non-conference action Wednesday at John Sessions Stadium.

The Panthers (23-14) recorded a five-run third inning to set up victory for the second straight day. It’s also FIU’s first road sweep of the Dolphins (14-25) since the 1979 season.

“We are still having trouble limiting the big inning,” JU head coach Terry Alexander said. “It happened to us early tonight and we couldn’t dig out of that hole. We have to let this one go soon because we have a tough road series this weekend.”

FIU starter Jose Lazaro (2-1) earned the win after allowing a run on five hits in 5.1 innings. John Caballero struck out four batters in 2.2 relief innings and John Costa surrendered an unearned run in the ninth.

Freshman Nolan Peterson (1-2) allowed a run on three hits and two walks in two innings for the loss. Sophomore Adam Maxon was tagged for four of the five runs in the third inning. Juniors Corben Madden and Wes Torrez each logged three relief innings for JU, while freshman Alex McRae pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Sophomore Zachary Houck and junior Adam Brett Walker II each had two hits for the JU offense.

The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning from a Mike Martinez sacrifice fly to score Pablo Bermudez who doubled to start the contest.

In the FIU third inning, Maxon allowed a leadoff single to Nathan Burns. He stole two bases before Jabari Henry walked. Burns scored on a balk in the next at-bat to make it a 2-0 advantage. TJ Shantz followed with a double to score Henry, while two more runs scored in the next at-bat on dropped fly ball in the outfield for a 5-0 deficit.

Houck led off the bottom of the inning with a bunt single. After a pop out, he advanced to third on a Walker II and later scored on a fielder’s choice hit by junior Dan Gulbransen.

The Dolphins had leadoff singles in the sixth and eighth innings, but the Panthers recorded three straight outs each time to end the threat.

Sophomore Patrick Long recorded a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning before Costa induced a fly out to end the game.

The Dolphins hit the road Friday for an A-Sun series against USC Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C. Friday’s first pitch is slated at 6 p.m.